I recall reading a post about weird reactions by Chinese people concerning one's alleged "proficiency". Well, I just had one of the weirder conversations in my life. Perhaps someone who understands the nuances can explain what this was about. (Learning Chinese is highly adventurous, but it would be great to actually know why things are the way they are...)
So, I meet that nice-looking lady online, judging from the picture I'd say she's in her early thirties. So, at one point during the chat I ask (in the whole conversation was in Chinese) "How old are you?", she is like "How dare you inquire about my age?". Ok, point taken. (I never got this reaction from Chinese people, on the contrary, they seem to be rather keen on finding out about my age as well, and if they really don't want to tell, they beat arounds the bush a little). Then I asked her about her job. Reply: "I work".
From this point on, she somewhat lost me. I have to admit that before the following extract, I had been kind of impolite, because the way she kept harping on about my reasons for not putting a picture online annoyed me.
S: You think I'm pretending?
S: 我哭了。。。:-( 你为什么不跟我说话呀?
A: 差不多吧 [?]
(I don't want to waste your time. If this isn't relevant, just ignore it.)
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